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Chapter 19. Couples Therapy

Jay L. Lebow, Ph.D.; Molly F. Gasbarrini
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623648.373317

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Perhaps the foremost of these sources is the epidemic of marital difficulties in the Western world. Epidemiological studies typically find 20% of the population to be experiencing marital distress at any particular moment in time (Gurman and Fraenkel 2002). Moreover, the divorce rate has stabilized, with approximately half of all marriages ending in divorce. A total of 10%–15% of couples separate in the first 4 years of marriage, and 70% of marriages last a decade (Emery 1999).

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